It’s called Doubtful Sound because when Captain James Cook first came to it, he was doubtful he could make it in and out of it safely. “Sound” is really an archaic term, as it’s more accurately a “fiord,” but from this picture you can see why someone may be doubtful about entering this waterway. (Speaking of Cook, I now have been to two places in the world where Capt. Cook has been–Whitby, England, where he was born, and Doubtful Sound.)

It’s called Doubtful Sound because when Captain James Cook first came to it, he was doubtful he could make it in and out of it safely. “Sound” is really an archaic term, as it’s more accurately a “fiord,” but from this picture you can see why someone may be doubtful about entering this waterway. (Speaking of Cook, I now have been to two places in the world where Capt. Cook has been–Whitby, England, where he was born, and Doubtful Sound.)

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